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9 June 2021
New Zealand stand-in captain for the second Test against England, Tom Latham has said that he would certainly continue with the process that has been going on in the team and wouldn’t make much of tweaks when his side takes the field on Thursday at Edgbaston.
"For me, it is just about trying to continue what this group has been doing over the last couple of years," Latham said.
"We have had some really good results home and away and in different conditions and I certainly would not be coming in and changing things up too much,” he added.
Latham would be leading the side in absence of regular skipper Kane Williamson who won’t be playing this match to get some rest for his 'irritated' left-elbow. Williamson sustained an injury during the first Test against England at Lord’s that ended in a draw.
The visitors are set to make a few changes as spinner Mitchell Santner has also been ruled out of this game with a split left index finger. Fast bowler Trent Boult who missed the first match is back and available for selection.
England on the other side will also be forced to make changes from the last game as Ollie Robinson who made his Test debut at Lord’s has been suspended after some of his sexist and racist posts that he had tweeted a few years back resurfaced on social media.
The two-match Test series between England and New Zealand will be followed by the WTC final where Williamson’s side will lock horns with India in Southampton. The match is scheduled to begin on June 18.
England will then host India in a five-match Test series in August.